Yet another monthly platform email
ajax at nwnk.net
Fri Mar 11 21:36:19 EET 2005
First mail wearing something resembling a release manager hat. This should be
So, two things. When platform, and what platform. They kind of overlap.
The impression I got at xdevconf was that smaller is better. The impression I
get from the archives is that the platform should define those pieces which
are baked and stable. However, I also got from xdc that the package set
under consideration for the platform is: fontconfig, gstreamer, dbus, hal,
cairo, maybe pkgconfig.
Cairo worries me. If we're explicitly not using the platform for technology
pimping, then I have trouble reconciling the ideas of "this is stable baked
technology" and "this includes Cairo". I understand that Cairo has existed
in various forms for some time and has some interesting apps already, but
it's currently going through major API changes, it is not adopted by toolkits
now, and its 1.0 as I understand it is being timed to coincide with Gnome
2.12 this summer. To me this doesn't sound like baked software.
fontconfig and pkgconfig I can accept. The other three I don't know a lot
about and would appreciate some input on. Likewise for specs I'm not
particularly informed which ones are good.
So, toolkit people: come up with a list of software and specs that:
- you depend on for interop
- you can deal with supporting until at least the next major revision of your
- you anticipate being baked by (say) June
I expect the specs list to be much longer than the software list here.
Pimping happens on its own. No worries there. Cool stuff will get used. The
need for a platform is the need for a stable base above X but below the
toolkit. So let's make one, a small one probably, and start moving forward.
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